If there is a stretch of coast in Scotland that has a string of fishing villages more picturesque than those of the East Nuek of Fife I do not know where they are. On a warm summers day the villages of Elie, St Monans, Pittenweem, Anstruther and Crail and the coast line between them are simply stunning. On a clear day the coast affords views out across the Firth of Forth to North Berwick and the Isle of May with Dolphins a common site and breading birds a plenty, it is a simply wonderful spot.Continue reading “East Neuk of Fife”
Dysart is a picturesque village on the Forth coast of Fife, once and important port for the export of salt and coal. Today following the decline of those industries a part of the village including the 16th to 18th Century white painted house on the Pan Ha’ has been preserved for future generations.Continue reading “Dysart”
Robert (Rabbie) Burns a poet and song writer was born in Alloway just south of Ayr in 1759 – to many Scots he is regarded as the greatest of all Scots.
He is perhaps best known for his his poem (and song) Auld Lang Syne which is often sung at Hogmanay.Continue reading “The Greatest Scot”
Lying 16km off the South Ayrshire coast the small island of Ailsa Craig makes a unique sight. The island is the result of an igneous intrusion of very hard granite that has resisted erosion around it thus leaving it standing pround as a very distintive plug. The island is famous for its Blue Hone granite from which all the best Curling stones are made.
As the global pandemic drags on travel remains difficult so no overseas trips for us this year, instead a few weeks in northern England and the Scottish lowlands or in today’s case the borders of Roman Britannia and Caledonia.Continue reading “Hadrian”